- Onah Nwachukwu @onahluciaa

Dress the part is a phrase we often hear especially for women in corporate or political spaces. But what exactly does that mean? For some women (especially the really attractive ones), dressing in anything other than a suit when she attends a business meeting automatica­lly means 'do not take her seriously.' Could it be a case of being more comfortabl­e doing business with someone with who you share a common ground; someone who looks( in this case, dresses) like you and so you trust them?

I honestly do not believe that the way a woman dresses -to a reasonable extent- should determine whether or not you take her seriously. Why do we have to be dressed in an uptight manner before we are deemed worthy or intelligen­t enough, and thus able to deliver on the job at hand?

I had this conversati­on with my team the other day, and I pointed out that most times, men will not take a woman seriously when they want to talk business until she speaks and every word that comes out of her mouth is an intellectu­al goldmine. I buttressed my point using Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as a case study. I don't think she has ever been in a trouser or skirt suit - at least I haven't seen one of such pictures- and yet today, in her signature ankle-length Ankara skirt, and blouse with headgear to complete her look, she is one of, if not, the most respected woman in the world.

This week, our cover story discusses how women's profession­al dress code encourages bias. Read about it on pages 8 through 10.

In support of Women's History Month, our fashion pages feature a combinatio­n of looks- skirts, dresses, even denim, that can make a woman look powerful.

Downtown confidenti­al explores ‘dirty talking' while we share some body-boosting tips on the wellness pages.

NFTs have become quite popular, so pages 14 and 15 feature some women in the art space who sell their works as NFTs.

Don't miss the movie review page. This week, we analyse two movies from Netflix: The Adam Project, and Pieces of Her.

Until next week, enjoy your read.

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